Why am I so excited about DNA research?
Genomics will not teach us everything we need to know about illness. It will, however, tell us a lot we don't know yet. We are in the early stages of understanding how our genes interact with environment and with other genes but it's a fair guess that disorders with active advocates are going to the front of the line.
If eating disorder advocates don't act now we will be left behind. If we don't get things funded and we don't make sure our families get into studies we won't be included.
What will we tell families 5 years ago about why we didn't act NOW, while we can?
In Australia and in the US our families can act now, at no cost to ourselves because of the generosity and far-sightedness of the Klarman Foundation. We all owe an enormous debt of gratitude to them, and to Dr. Cynthia Bulik for her AN25K challenge.
We need numbers, my friends. If we want research to happen we have to MAKE it happen. Do families care? Let's show it. Donate to Charlotte's Helix today. Any amount matters: really. Put eating disorders in the front of the line.